If you have an appreciation for art, there is so much of it to see in the greater Boston area. One of my favorite places to visit when I need my creative batteries charged is the Harvard Art Museums in Cambridge, MA. Once individual museums; the Fogg Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, and Arthur M. Sackler Museum are now housed in one building a stone’s throw away from Harvard Yard. There is something for every interest: sculpture, photographs, drawings, manuscripts, prints, paintings, stained glass, and more.

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Stepping inside the museum gives me a little break from reality. I feel like I could be in another country when I walk through the galleries. It’s amazing to see in-person, work by artists I once learned about in art history books. Looking at a Vincent van Gogh painting from 1886 up close blows my mind. Not to mention Matisse, Monet, Gauguin, and Picasso!

Admission for adults is $15. However, it is free for Cambridge residents and youth under 18 and free for Massachusetts residents on Saturdays from 10 am-noon. For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.harvardartmuseums.org.

If you’ve never been to the Harvard Museums, I highly suggest adding it to your bucket list. Below are some of the paintings that grabbed my attention during my last visit there.

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Dutch Village Scene with Hanging Laundry, 1890 by Max Liebermann
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Self-Portrait in Tuxedo, 1927 by Max Beckmann
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Self-Portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh
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Winter Landscape, 1910 by Wassily Kandinsky
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Portrait, 1996 by Zhang Xiaogang
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Head of a Woman, 1911 by Alexei von Jawlensky
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Still Life with Apples, 1916 by Henri Matisse
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Alexandrine-Sophie de Bawr, 1810 by Louis-Léopold Boilly
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Wood and Red 3, 1956 by Alberto Burri
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